The Anti-Cruelty Society (ACS) in Chicago is preparing to celebrate its 114th birthday. Part of the way that they will celebrate is by promoting kindness to animals through its Animal Expressions Young Artist Contest. This year ACS has chosen the theme to be Celebrating the Spirit of Animals. The deadline for the contest was February 8th. The winners will be contacted by telephone or email. Prizes will be presented to each child at an awards ceremony on Saturday March 2, 2013.
Once again this annual contest, albeit with different yearly themes, allows children with artistic capabilities to express themselves and promote their appreciation for the amazing animals that live on Earth. The contest included four age level segments:
1. Five to seven year olds
2. Eight to 10 year olds
3. 11 to 13 year olds
4. 14 to 18 year olds
Special recognition will be granted to those participating at each age level for each artistic genre. What ACS appreciates is the fact that not all children are sportsters and not all children are good at studying. Some children can put down in color or black-and-white specifics about their furry best friend. They can tell the public why their favorite animal is important and why those animals make such a difference to those that they love.
Participants were able to Render by submitting posters, paintings, drawing, etching and prints. Sculptures and other crafts that are 3 Dimensional will have been submitted by those with industrial-type brains. Of course some really talented kids are able to express themselves with Photography. The scholarly will have submitted poetry, short stories, essays and plays. The last category is that of multi-media art like videos, music and computer art. Each genre is up to the individual. Each child’s artistic work will be judged on a few criteria:
· The age of the participant
· The level of originality
· The child’s creativity
· How well their entry illustrated this year’s theme
If your child was able to appreciate animals for what they have to offer to us and our world, they may just very well be one of this year’s winners. When ACS originally began, their sites were set on the equestrian crowd, their visions opened up possibilities into domesticated family pets. These animals have the capability to change our lives.
Very soon we will be able to view the incredible talents of children ranging in age from five to eighteen. Their visions will educate the public, help raise funds for homeless animals and those in need as well as help The Anti-Cruelty Society celebrate year 114!